Except for the offshore reports, fishing continues to be on the slow side in the bays and around the jetties.

The area that is producing some of the better trout catches is around the Houston Ship Channel spoil banks from just south of Red Fish Island to Marker 59 and the surrounding area.

Live croaker have been the preferred bait, and while fair-to-good quantities of trout have been taken, no limits were reported.

Steve Allison and Jerry Sanders fished out of April Fool Point early Sunday and, while the action was not as prolific as they had hoped, eight trout to 22 inches, three reds, two slots and a throwback were caught.

Live croaker was the bait, and the action did not begin until around 10 a.m.

Eagle Point Camp is were Fred Azios and Dexter Henley pivoted from and worked reefs and the spoils between the camp and the ship channel.

Their catch included six specks and eight sand trout.

The specks went to 17 inches in length, and the largest sand trout was a half-inch shy of tying for the largest fish.

Live shrimp accounted for the sand trout, and croaker were the choice of the specks.

Readers often ask about the spoil banks as they are often mentioned in the Reel Report, especially during the summer.

The area we refer to is all along the Houston Ship Channel from the Texas City Dike area to well beyond San Leon.

The spoils are the dredge from the Houston Ship Channel that ended up on both sides of the channel and create a rise that is full of shell and mud.

During the summer, trout roam up and down the spoils looking for food.

On the offshore scene, the party boat Capt. John continues to find limits of red snapper for its guests and last weekend, kings, spadefish and sharks were added to the catch.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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